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28 Jul

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Photos of our #paperwear workshop at London’s V&A

July 28, 2014 | By |

On Friday, the Connected team – Alex, Ana and I – were invited to run a workshop at London’s prestigious V&A museum as part of their Friday Late series. Needless to say I was thrilled – but more importantly, we’re all super happy with the results and feedback.

 

 

Being at a place as prestigious and as lovely as the V&A is fun in and of itself – but engaging there in an interactive workshop – and a discussion – about the future of technology and our relationship with wearable tech in particular is a whole different level. (More over on the Connected site.)

We have two sets of photos – a professional one as well as my own snapshops – and here are some impressions:

 

Poster for our workshop.

The reason we were at the V&A.

Setting up the workshop.

The calm before the storm.

 

Click here to see all the photos. Read More

09 Jul

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Hardware.co Demo Day 2014

July 9, 2014 | By |

 

Christoph Fahle kicking off hardware.co demo day.

 

Pitch #1: Feel The Beat, a wearable metronome for learning to play music.

This is what the current Feel The Beat prototype looks like:

 

Pitch #2: BeaconInside, a solar-powered indoor Bluetooth Low Energy beacon for indoor location based services.

 

Pitch #3: Get Track ID, low cost music identification hardware for clubs.

 

Pitch #4: EasyCharge, a simple to install, ceiling mounted charging point for electric vehicles.

 

Pitch #5: Wotch, a strap to add smart watch functionality to your traditional watch.

 

Pitch #6: Scoutee, a device to measure the speed of your baseball pitch.

 

Pitch #7: The Basslet is a wristband that lets you feel the bass of music.

 

Pitch #8: Prepaid Power, open source, decentralized electricity supply.

 

Pitch #9: Superclock, a connected clock that displays when your subway will leave the station.

 

Pitch #10: Coolar, an add-on to fridges that turns heat into cold through evaporation and Silica gel to save energy

 

A complete list of all the teams:

 

03 Jul

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The most interesting indie R&D shops

July 3, 2014 | By |

Indie R&D Shops

 

For future reference, a short list of some of the more interesting independent companies, studios, design and dev shops that are engaged in invention, prototyping or research & development.

Some work mostly in software, some more with hardware or interfaces. Some more conceptual, some more product-oriented, some squarely in between.

  • Hubbub invent and build playful digital products. Berlin/Utrecht.
  • überproduct. Protyping and external R&D, in code or on paper. Berlin.
  • The Incredible Machine. Focus on connected devices/IoT. Rotterdam.
  • Near Future Lab. Thinking, making, design, development and research practice. (Several locations across California & Europe)
  • Relative Wave. Focus on software and visual stuff. San Francisco.
  • BERG London. Just included for historical reasons as they are not taking on client work after transitioning their business to build BERGCloud.
  • MCQN is all about the IoT. They build connected devices, for clients and themselves. Liverpool.
  • HardwareLabs.io turns hardware prototypes into finished products. London.

If you are aware of others that should be part of this list, please let me know.

 

Full disclosure: Many friends on this list. Alper of Hubbub and I share an office at the time of writing this. Hubbub, überproduct, The Incredible Machine and BERG London all have been involved as speakers at conferences of mine.

18 Jun

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Exciting current wearable projects

June 18, 2014 | By |

For future reference, a few current wearables projects and products I find particularly interesting, in no particular order:

  • Urban Armor is a collection of DIY wearable electronics that help women exercise control over their personal/public space. urbanarmor.org
  • Ringly is a line of connected rings that let you put your phone away and your mind at ease. It connects to your phone and sends you customized notifications through vibration and light. ringly.com
  • Moto360, Motorola’s Android-based smart watch, announced to be released this summer, is on the corporate end of the consumer gadget scale, but it’s ambitious and really nice looking, at least judging by the current renderings. Without a long-term commitment (let’s say 5+ years) that the software will be maintained and updated, smart watches are a slightly silly investment though.moto360.motorola.com
  • x.pose is a wearable data-driven sculpture that exposes a person’s skin as a real-time reflection of the data that the wearer is producing. Personally I’d prefer it didn’t try to be lingerie-ish but rather, dunno, a face mask or so, but it’s an interesting concept. xc-cd.com
  • wearui.co is a database of wearable UI concepts. wearui.co
  • The Dash, a wireless in-ear headphone set that also tracks vital signs, is Bragi’s first product. It’s very ambitious in scope and also one of the most successful Kickstarters from Europe. Bragi.com